When you hear museum, you think of a large building full of artifacts where it often costs an arm and a leg for the privilege of visiting. Prince Edward Island has none of those (yet). Instead we have a great collection of small museums, each usually specializing in one theme.
Have you ever seen a Giant Potato? Come to the PEI potato museum. Dubbed the only museum of its kind in the world, there you can learn everything you need to know about potatoes. After all, PEI is famous for it’s potatoes. You can learn about varieties, see the equipment used, and find several non food uses for Island Spuds.
The Authentic Island Story
If you are looking for history and culture, check this site for 7 museums offering art and culture, shipbuilding, Acadian History, railway, fisheries, and more PEI History than you can ever remember.
The Garden of the Gulf Museum is located in Montague. A few years ago it was the host location for the Canada Tree – an attraction by itself. The building has a considerable amount of history, including an inlay that you will probably miss as you enter the museum. The staff will be sure to remind you to look on your way out. It was there that I saw an antique high chair that converts to a sitting chair and a rocking horse. The staff handles it very delicately with white gloves. I did not have my camera handy but the chair looked a lot like the picture below.
Here is a picture of the Canada Tree. If you ever get a chance to see it – run, don’t walk. It is an experience you will definitely remember. I have seen it three times now and it is not yet enough. I also had the privilege of talking to the artist in Charlottetown as he was putting it together for an exhibit.
Remember Cape Bear Lighthouse from yesterday? Well it is called Cape Bear Lighthouse and Marconi Museum. Hmm..radio…so here is the trivia question. Where was the first trans Atlantic radio signal from Canada? Newfoundland you say? Perhaps that was the first in North America but Newfoundland was not yet part of Canada (joined in 1949). So Cape Bear lighthouse has earned that distinction.
Let’s not forget the obvious museums like
Green Gables Heritage Place, where you can relive Anne and see a typical turn of the century house. The Grounds are magnificent in the summertime. You can also take a walk through the haunted woods or lover’s lane.
Province House, where they have preserved the original room where the article of confederation was signed. In the summer you can often see people in period costumes replaying scenes from the period.
There are several excellent LIST sites that offer some information about PEI museums. Prince Edward Island Museums offer something for all tastes and budgets:
- Government of PEI Island Information
- Island Register
- Community Museums Association
- Virtual Museum
Enjoy some Prince Edward Island History!